The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship (CEIF) program funds recent graduates and energy professionals to support critical energy organizations in advancing clean energy solutions that will help decarbonize the power system, electrify transportation and industry, and make the U.S. power system more resilient, equitable and inclusive. The goal of the program is to increase access to clean energy career opportunities across the country and accelerate the national energy transition. CEIF is funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)Grid Deployment Office and Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs, and administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

The program recruits candidates from diverse backgrounds to spend up to two years with eligible Host Institutions, which may include electric cooperatives, grid operators, municipal utilities, public utility commissions, state energy offices and Tribal entities. Innovator Fellows receive a stipend to support their participation in the CEIF program and an allowance for education and professional development opportunities. 

The application for Host Institutions closed on March 12, 2024. The application for Fellows is now open and closes on May 3, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET (dates are subject to change). Visit the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education's CEIF webpage to review Host Institution projects and submit your application.

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Since 2017, DOE has placed fellows with 59 hosts across 36 states and territories to help them implement clean energy solutions.



On Oct. 12, 2023, DOE announced the critical energy institutions that are hosting a 2023 Class fellow, with the option to renew for a second year. 

2023 Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship Class

Host Institution Category State Project Focus
Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc. Cooperative Utility Arizona Support design of a comprehensive program to integrate EVs, smart home devices, smart grid devices, and distributed energy resources into Trico’s system and practices
San Carlos Apache Tribe Tribal Entity Arizona San Carlos Apache energy sovereignty, Tribal utility, and renewable energy projects
Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Entity California Advancing Blue Lake Rancheria's energy resiliency efforts through Tribal and community engagement
Longmont Power & Communications Municipal Utility Colorado Data and systems integration for distributed energy resources and grid optimization
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Cooperative Utility Colorado Optimizing supply and demand side resources to maximize the value of the cooperative energy ecosystem
Colorado Public Utilities Commission  Regulatory Commission Colorado Help the grid sparkle with distributed energy resources
Illinois Commerce Commission Regulatory Commission Illinois Enhancing resource adequacy through grid modernization
Louisiana Public Service Commission Regulatory Commission Louisiana Advancing an equitable and resilient clean energy future for Louisiana
Maryland Public Service Commission Regulatory Commission Maryland Energy storage program development and deployment of other distributed energy resources

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Regulatory Commission Massachusetts Alternatives for integrating distributed generation in a modernizing grid
Great Lakes Energy Cooperative Utility Michigan Electric vehicle adoption & infrastructure impact for Great Lakes Energy

Lansing Board of Water & Light

Municipal Utility Michigan Creating customer-focused energy programs
Michigan Public Service Commission PSC, Project 1 Regulatory Commission Michigan Incentivizing resilience through distributed energy resource expansion
Michigan Public Service Commission PSC, Project 2 Regulatory Commission Michigan Resiliency metrics, valuation, and application to undergrounding backlot electrical lines
Migizi EDC/Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan Tribal Entity Michigan Recommendations on feasibility and optimization of innovative microgrid design
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Regulatory Commission Minnesota Advancing grid resiliency and interconnection requirements
Blackfeet Community College Tribal Entity Montana Developing grid resilience metrics
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Regulatory Commission New Jersey Analyzing and aligning regional energy market reforms with New Jersey’s local distribution and clean energy goals
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Regulatory Commission New Mexico Developing policies and incentives to enable essential grid services on the distribution system
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Regulatory Commission Ohio Advancing equity, environmental and energy justice priorities through grid resilience program funding

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Tribal Entity Oregon Maximizing the chances of Tribal success on the path towards energy sovereignty
Cooperativa Hidroeléctrica de la Montaña, Project 1 Cooperative Utility Puerto Rico Microgrid of the Mountain
Cooperativa Hidroeléctrica de la Montaña, Project 2 Cooperative Utility Puerto Rico Community energy resilience through photovoltaics
LUMA Energy Utility Puerto Rico Quantification of the impact of grid-forming inverters on island grid stability
Public Service Commission of South Carolina Regulatory Commission South Carolina Costs, benefits, and effective implementation of utility hosting capacity maps
Austin Energy Municipal Utility Texas Community benefit measures, equity planning, and stakeholder engagement for grid resilience
Virgin Islands Public Services Commission Regulatory Commission U.S. Virgin Islands Analyze and address existing advanced metering infrastructure systems and interoperability
District of Columbia Public Service Commission Regulatory Commission Washington, D.C. Grid integration of distributed energy resources in the District of Columbia
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Regulatory Commission Wisconsin Analysis and modeling for Wisconsin’s roadmap to zero carbon